SEMA eNews Vol. 19, No. 1, January 7, 2016

Council & Committee News: Insiders Lay Out How to Become an OEM Accessory Supplier

Strengthen Your Company Through Community

No matter what niche you're in—rods, restoration, racing, restyling, reps, trucks or wheels and tires—there's a SEMA council or professional network that's right for your company. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of market-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular industry segment.


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Insight Into Becoming An OEM Accessory Supplier

Seeking information on how to become an automotive OEM accessory supplier?  ETTN will host its inaugural Motorsports Tech Roundtable, featuring six roundtables that cover this topic and more, Monday, January 25, during the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference.

Roundtable Topic: Becoming an OEM Motorsports Accessory Supplier

Expert: Erin Gilhuly, TRD business administrator at Toyota Motor Sales

Discussion: Designing, engineering and manufacturing motorsports products with the goal to become an OEM accessory supplier.

When: January 25, 2:00–4:30 p.m., during the MPMC Media Trade Conference, Embassy Suites Orange County Airport North.

RSVP today! Click here for event details, including a full list of table topics and subject matter experts. Questions? Contact Director of Networks Bryan Harrison at BryanH@SEMA.org.

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Media Trade Conference Events

The annual Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference (MTC) is January 26-28, where manufacturers will have the opportunity to have private, one-on-one meetings with media to showcase their new, innovative products. In addition to full days of scheduled meetings, the council is hosting evening events for further networking opportunities.

MPMC Open Meeting

January 25, the MPMC invites you to its open meeting to meet with the select committee, hear about the council’s initiatives for 2016 and to network with fellow motorsports parts manufacturers. The event will take place in the La Jolla room in the Embassy Suites Orange County Airport North at 2:00 p.m. You do not have to be attending the Media Trade Conference to attend this meeting. Be sure to stick around for the ETTN Motorsports Tech Roundtable event taking place directly after the meeting.

MPMC Awards Reception

Tuesday evening of MTC, January 26, is the MPMC Awards Reception. The reception provides an added opportunity for exhibitors and media to mingle and network over drinks. One influential individual from the media will be honored and awarded with the Robert E. Petersen award for their outstanding contribution to the motorsports industry and MPMC throughout the year of 2015.

Exclusive VIP TV Preview

January 28, Thursday evening of the Media Trade Conference, MPMC conference participants will be treated to an exclusive VIP Preview Screening of the SEMA Battle of the Builders TV Show. Premiering nationwide on the Velocity Network February 1, the one-hour program features top vehicle builders and footage from the 2015 trade-only SEMA Show. 

ETTN Motorsports Tech Roundtable

The Emerging Trends & Technology (ETTN) Motorsports Tech Roundtable is the must-attend event for staying current with motorsports technology through six small roundtable discussions.

Discussion Topics:

  • Motorsports Vehicle Emissions and Compliance
  • The Future of Motorsports and Performance Technology
  • Advancements in Product Design, From Idea to Prototype
  • Becoming an OEM Motorsports Accessory Supplier
  • MPMC Membership Table
  • The Use of Technology in Competition

RSVP: Must RSVP, free for SEMA members

When: Monday, January 25, 2:00–4:30 p.m.

Where: Embassy Suites Orange County Airport North, La Jolla Room

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SBN & YEN Mixer

SBN and YEN will hold their annual automotive industry networking event at the lounge of the Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport North, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Thursday, January 28. 

This event is a great opportunity to strengthen your community with new contacts and discuss business in an engaging and relaxed atmosphere.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with SEMA's Director of Networks, Bryan Harrison, at BryanH@sema.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2015

Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m. PST

Where: Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport North

Address: 1325 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, California

Attire: Business casual

You don't have to be attending the MPMC Media Trade Conference to attend this networking event.

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Attend WTC General Membership Meeting

  WTC Meeting
SEMA's Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will host its annual long-range planning meeting and industry discussion Wednesday, February 10, in Diamond Bar, California.
   

SEMA's Wheel & Tire Council (WTC) will host its annual long-range planning meeting and industry discussion on Wednesday, February 10, at the SEMA Garage in Diamond Bar, California. This event is a chance for WTC members to work with council members to determine the focus and direction of the group for this year and beyond.

On the agenda are discussions of upcoming retailer education and consumer engagement resources in development by the council, as well as new sources of vehicle technical information available through SEMA. There will also be an open discussion on other challenges and opportunities in the wheel and tire industry.

The meeting will include a continental breakfast and networking lunch for attendees. All employees of WTC member companies and any wheel and tire professionals interested in learning more about SEMA and the WTC are invited to attend the event. Remote members are invited to participate in the discussion through our GoToMeeting portal.
RSVP to save your seat and submit discussion topics: click here.

For more information on WTC, contact Council Liaison Clayton Drescher at 909-978-6696 or claytond@sema.org.

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SBN & YEN Mixer

SBN and YEN will hold their annual automotive industry networking event at the lounge of the Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport North, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Thursday, January 28.

This event is a great opportunity to strengthen your community with new contacts and discuss business in an engaging and relaxed atmosphere.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with SEMA's Director of Networks, Bryan Harrison, at BryanH@sema.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2015

Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m. PST

Where: Embassy Suites Santa Ana Orange County Airport North

Address: 1325 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, California

Attire: Business casual

You don't have to be attending the MPMC Media Trade Conference to attend this networking event.

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